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196 Caledonian Road | Kings Cross, London N1 0SL, England
+44 20 77138952
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Ranked #7,188 of 18,011 Restaurants in London
Price range: $39 - $54
Sun 12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue 12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wed - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: African
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Dining options: Reservations, Buffet
Description: Tucked away on the New Caledonion Road near Kings Cross, London, Merkato has won critical acclaim for its authentic Ethiopian cuisine and warm, cosy atmosphere. Small, but perfectly formed, the dining room is a jostling space filled with live musicians and an animated local crowd, and the helpful staff are always on hand to help you navigate the extensive menu. Popular dishes include the wot ��� a thick prawn or chicken stew served over traditional injera bread; tibs ��� which is grilled meat; and the kitfo ��� a distinctive dish made with raw ground beef marinated in chilli powder. Vegetarians can choose from diverse selection of dishes, and the cheap prices and overall jovial atmosphere are guaranteed to keep you coming back for more.
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English first
London, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

All i can honestly say is the food tasted okay.. (way better than Marathon Restaurant accross the rd i may add, theirs arrived half cold half heated from microwave and extremly blands another storie) Back to Merkato.. i found one dish was overtly oily.. also what i ordered.. got home to find it was another dish entirely? that dish was... More 

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Hampton, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

A bunch of us meet up here once a year, and this year was as expected another lovely evening. The big, mixed platters are perfect for groups and the food is gorgeous. I'm usually the only vegetarian in our group (16 of us made it this year), but they always make up a platter of superb vege food too so... More 

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Albufeira, Portugal
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I had a mix of vegetarian food here, which was excellent - especially the shiro. The service was very friendly and the food exceptional value - I'd say it's great for a casual tasty treat, but probably too informal for a special occasion (though the food is good enough for one).

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London, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

With a tastecard, our party of four paid under £10 for our meal - including drinks (beer and wine) so excellent value for money. However this is not the place to go if you want a dining experience - the surroundings were bare and rather... odd... and the service was completely absent. We had to wait an hour from ordering... More 

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19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

I've been here twice and both visits have served up tasty satisfying meals. We tried the veg platter, the beef, the lamb and chicken as well. All of them were great. The lady is incredibly friendly. The coffee was good too.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

It was my first experience with Ethiopian food. It's not for everyone, but I'm intrigued. I particularly enjoyed their traditional Ethiopian wine! What I really loved was the authenticity of the place. It's so common to come across knock offs of ethnic food, but this place serve pure and traditional Ethiopian food. They even don't have cutlery on the tables,... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Amazing place with outstanding food for a reasonable price. Service was remarkably fast and people very friendly. Definitely worth the walk, a bit deep into Caledonian Road.

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London, United Kingdom
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147 restaurant reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Had dinner here last Saturday evening - our first time back there in a couple of years. It is still very good. Portions may be smaller and prices a little higher than some of the other Ethiopian restaurants near by, but the quality of the food is better than most. The staff are lovely and attentive without being all over... More 

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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

I went there with a group of 8 as Ethiopian food is best for sharing. The restaurant is small and cozy. Staff are nice and the food is yummy. It's on tastecard too so the value was super! Just one tip: don't go for their honey wine :) The coffee is really nice!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Food......rich, spicy, exhilarating. Service......charming, attentive, warm. Came for a meal, left beguiled by Ethiopean hospitality. An unassuming establishment run by a cook with a generous heart, who simply took pride in sharing her culture and cuisine.

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Additional Information about Merkato

Address: 196 Caledonian Road | Kings Cross, London N1 0SL, England
Phone Number: +44 20 77138952
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 39 - 54
Cuisine: African

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